Dennis Mumble gets behind Stuart Baxter following Bafana's losses to Cape Verde in World Cup qualifying
Posted: 7 September 2017 Time: 16:12
SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble says it’s too early to start talking about the future of Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, but admits they are unhappy about the team’s performances against Cape Verde.
Bafana were beaten twice in the space of five days by the Blue Sharks in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, making the job of trying to reach next year’s showpiece in Russia a tough ask. What makes matters worse is that Bafana now have to replay their qualifier against Senegal, after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey gave away a dubious penalty in the hosts’ 2-1 victory at Peter Mokaba Stadium and was found guilty of 'match manipulation'. FIFA made the ruling on Wednesday night, with SAFA indicating they will challenge the decision.
There have already been questions as to whether Baxter is the right man to take Bafana forward after the lacklustre performances against Cape Verde, but Mumble says South Africa should support the coach.
"The whole country is not happy about the performance of the team so far, [and] we are quite obviously not happy about the performance. But please don’t ask me about the coach and the future of the coach. It’s too early for us to get to that point. I am not going to entertain that," Mumble said today.
"But what we are going to do is lean on people, including on the players, to perform because it’s the country’s emotions they are playing with. We must take that seriously. I have done quite a bit of work over the last couple of days to try make sure that we don’t repeat the performance. We can’t be happy with that performance."
He added: "We have to support the coach. It’s too early to question the status of the coach. We have to think positively and see what all of us need to do to improve the team, including myself."